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V for Vendetta (original 1988; edition 1995)

by Alan Moore

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Title:V for Vendetta
Authors:Alan Moore
Info:Vertigo (1995), Edition: Reissue, Paperback
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:Anarchism, Comics, Dystopia, Fascism, Graphic Novels, Loaned, Private Collection, Vertigo, Loaned (idaft)

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V for Vendetta by Alan Moore (Writer) (1988)

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It gets better with every reading. ( )
  jtodd1973 | Apr 13, 2015 |
My first, and probably my last, comic. My main problem was the dialogue, if you can call it that. The film looked intriguing though so I'd probably just go with that. ( )
  Xleptodactylous | Apr 7, 2015 |
All I leave you with, is:

"Remember, Remember the fifth of November..." ( )
  DaffiMere | Mar 22, 2015 |
V for Vendetta is a very accurate and often graphic portrayal of what a messed-up society would look like if communism did come true and all citizens were crushed under the thumb of 'justice'. The Guy Fawkes mask serves as a powerful symbol of rebellion, crazed anarchy and the destruction of law and order. Although the actual man Guy Fawkes was someone who did such things and came to a tragic end, he served as martyr of the revolution and his legacy carried on. His mocking face is taken up today by the hacktivist group Anonymous among others including the character V and the music video "Toulouse". The utter obliteration of identity is exactly what happens and meant to happen all along in V for Vendetta. We never find out who V actually was. All we know is that he's a man.
Alan Moore incorporates a lot of themes on war, love, and corruption into the novel. He extracted many elements from artists (Ernst's Europe after the Rains), F'451, Nightraven, writers like Huxley and Orwell, other lesser known people, literature, Robin Hood, Turpin, and events like WWII. I loved the various Shakespeare and other author references. At one point, I even saw Cosette from Les Miserables. It all contributed to the shady atmosphere that persisted and continued to get darker throughout the whole book. Everyone's lives were bleak and often terrifyingly depressing but they were never insignificant since it contributed to the general plot of the book. Each person played a relevant role in the general storyline. This was such a dampening story that shows the malevolent side of human nature but it was something that should be read. There is good in humanity but people can do such terrible things and most of the time, both of them exist in the same humans. V was not a hero nor even close to a good person through any viewpoint. And I don't think anyone who impersonates V will be. ( )
  Annannean | Jan 6, 2015 |
This is supposedly a great political graphic novel with V a great revolutionary character. The only thing I can say is true is that it is a political graphic novel. Overall it sucked. V was more into personal vengeance than anything else, the graphics were pretty poor and not the easiest to follow and the writing just seemed clunky and more used to force somebody's ideas down your throat. ( )
  Chicalicious | Dec 28, 2014 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Moore, AlanWriterprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lloyd, DavidIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Weare, TonyIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Berger, KarenEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Craddock, SteveLetterersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Crain, DaleDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dobbs, SiobhanColouristsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Whitaker, SteveColouristsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Good evening, London. It's nine o' clock and this is the Voice of Fate broadcasting on 275 and 285 in the medium wave... It is the Fifth of the Eleventh, Nineteen-Ninety-Seven...
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Good night England. Goodnight Home Service and V for Victory. Hello the Voice of Fate and V FOR VENDETTA. --introduction
And it's no good blaming the drop in work standards upon bad management, either...though, to be sure, the management is very bad. We've had a string of embezzlers, frauds, liars and lunatics making a string of catastrophic decisions. This is plain fact. But who elected them? It was you! You who appointed these people! You who gave them the power to make your decisions for you! While I'll admit that anyone can make a mistake once, to go on making the same lethal errors century after century seems to me nothing short of deliberate. You have encouraged these malicious incompetents, who have made your working life a shambles. You have accepted without question their senseless orders. You have allowed them to fill your workspace with dangerous and unproven machines. You could have stopped them. All you had to say was 'no.' You have no spine. You have no pride. You are no longer an asset to the company
It does not do to rely too much on silent majorities, Evey, for silence is a fragile thing... One loud noise, and it's gone.
Since mankind's dawn, a handful of oppressors have accepted the responsibility over our lives that we should have accepted for ourselves. By doing so, they took our power. By doing nothing, we gave it away. We've seen where their way leads, through camps and wars, towards the slaughterhouse.
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Please do NOT combine the novelization of the movie V for Vendetta with the graphic novel V for Vendetta, written by Alan Moore, illustrated by David Lloyd.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0930289528, Paperback)

V for Vendetta is, like its author's later Watchmen, a landmark in comic-book writing. Alan Moore has led the field in intelligent, politically astute (if slightly paranoid), complex adult comic-book writing since the early 1980s. He began V back in 1981 and it constituted one of his first attempts (along with the criminally neglected but equally superb Miracleman) at writing an ongoing series. It is 1998 (which was the future back then!) and a Fascist government has taken over the U.K. The only blot on its particular landscape is a lone terrorist who is systematically killing all the government personnel associated with a now destroyed secret concentration camp. Codename V is out for vengeance ... and an awful lot more. V feels slightly dated like all past premonitions do. The original series was black and white and that added to the grittiness of the feel while the coloring here in the graphic novel sometimes blurs David Lloyd's fine drawing. But these are small concerns. Skillfully plotted, V is an essential read for all those who love comics and the freedom, as a medium, they allow a writer as skilled as Moore. --Mark Thwaite

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In a near-future Britain ruled by a totalitarian regime, Evey is rescued from certain death by a masked vigilante calling himself "V," a beguiling and charismatic figure who launches a one-man crusade against government tyranny and oppression.

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